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Cancer and Careers is collecting snapshots of the cancer experience by asking working people with cancer at all phases of their treatment and recovery to answer the same series of questions about their outlook, their work experience and advice they would give others. We invite you to read their stories and share your own.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Registered Nurse
Gender/Age:
Female/35
Type and Description of Treatments:
Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiation.

How do you feel today?

I'm feeling sad, and not myself but trying to stay strong for my kids!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Classical Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Employment Status:
Full Time
Gender/Age:
Female/27
Type and Description of Treatments:
I've had 6-cycles of ABVD, then 20 days of Radiotherapy. Treatment is still on going. I just fini...

How do you feel today?

I feel fine at the moment. I am now on ICE protocol and I feel like I have more energy for daily tasks compared when I was having ABVD. When I was on ABVD, I felt so tired and would be sleeping most of the time for a week after chemotherapy session.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 2B Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full Time
Gender/Age:
Female/61
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had surgeries followed by 7 months of chemotherapy and 7 weeks of radiation. I finished Chemo o...

How do you feel today?

I have a tremendous sense of relief that I have finished my course of treatment. Its been a year and perhaps because my diagnosis was on my birthday, my birthday this year was a time of reflection. My world has gotten brighter as the drugs have left my system, I had bad radiation burns, and those have healed. I hope to never sit in ano...

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage I Breast Cancer
Employment Status:
Full-time
Gender/Age:
Female/54
Type and Description of Treatments:
Lumpectomy; medication. I refused radiation.

How do you feel today?

Today, I'm anxious and I'm tired of dealing with cancer. I got to work and spent an hour on cancer calls. Cancer takes a lot of time.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Infiltration Ductal Carcinoma
Employment Status:
employed
Gender/Age:
Female/42
Type and Description of Treatments:
surgery, chemo, radiation

How do you feel today?

I feel good

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I was Diagnosed with:
intermediate grade invasive ductal carcinoma
Employment Status:
full-time
Gender/Age:
Female/42
Type and Description of Treatments:
Found at exam 3/8; biopsied 3/9/12. Given diagnosis 3/16. Lumpectomy done 4/4 with 6 lymph nodes...

How do you feel today?

Anxious regarding chemo, but want to just do it and be done. Worried about kids 13,10.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Employment Status:
Full Time
Gender/Age:
Male/43
Type and Description of Treatments:
Eight cycles of ABVD followed by 21 days of head and neck radiation.

How do you feel today?

Tired and concerned.

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I was Diagnosed with:
AML
Employment Status:
starting soon
Gender/Age:
Male/52
Type and Description of Treatments:
Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and a stem cell transplant, I am post transplant by 180 days approximatel...

How do you feel today?

Fantastic. I have swollen feet and ankles but my blood work and chemistry are OK per the doc/team as of my last visit to them. No liver, heart, respiratory or skin issues.

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I was Diagnosed with:
Non small cell carcinoma . Stage four inoperable
Employment Status:
Working
Gender/Age:
Male/45
Type and Description of Treatments:
60 straight days of radiation. Three days of carboplatnum chemo and 21 days rest for six months.

How do you feel today?

Blessed by God himself!

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I was Diagnosed with:
Stage 1 Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
Employment Status:
Marketing Consultant
Gender/Age:
Female/53
Type and Description of Treatments:
I had a lumpectomy, followed by 5 1/2 months of chemotherapy, then a bilateral mastectomy and rec...

How do you feel today?

I feel great today.

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